SUMMER STAPLES

1. RED FLOWER: BIOACTIVE BERRY WHITE PEAT EXFOLIANT
Summer skin has a lot to stand up to: sun damage, sweat, heat... Yikes! Keep your skin looking fresh with a gentle exfoliant, like this one from Red Flower. This scrub contains nutrient-rich peat from Finland, derived from thousands of years of decomposing plant matter. In addition to the peat which can improve skin's moisture balance, blueberry and strawberry seeds provide vitamin C and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, while organic sea salt acts as an exfoliant. After removing dead skin cells from the surface and drawing out impurities below, you'll be feeling radiant and ready for sunset. Oh and did I mention that this comes in a 14.5oz tub? It's sure to last long after summer.

2. HANGTEN: MINERAL SPORT SUNSCREEN SPF 30
The luxury suncare brand Coola (a Basil beauty favorite) is behind this lower priced line, Hang Ten, available at select drugstores. They carry a range of classic and mineral sunscreens which are primarily made up of plant derived ingredients. The cost is lower because the ingredients aren't all organic, but I think this is one of your best options at a competitive price point. Both the classic and mineral formulas are free of parabens and synthetic fragrance. A 6oz bottle will only set you back by $12.99, and the attractive packaging is an added bonus!

3. HERBIVORE: AFTER SUN SKIN SOOTHING ALOE MIST
Sun-kissed skin is in need of a little extra love. This mist soothes burns and restores moisture. The mint and aloe feel cooling upon contact, leaving your skin instantly refreshed. You can even keep your bottle in the refrigerator to heighten this effect.

4. COOLA: MINERAL LIPLUX SPF 3O
Let's face it, sun-blistered lips aren't a good look for anyone. Protect your pout from harmful rays with this SPF 30 tinted chapstick. It's available in six shades, but Nude Beach is my personal favorite; it's a barely there, your-lips-but-better look. Plus, the screw top closure is secure and sure to keep out those sand granules at the bottom of your beach bag.

5. SUPERGOOP: DEFENSE REFRESH SETTING MIST SPF 50
This mist comes in a larger size, but I find the 1oz spray to be both purse friendly and convenient. While applying SPF in the morning is essential, the protection has usually worn off by lunch time. Spritz your face before leaving the office for lunch break and reapply every couple hours when you're out and about.

6. FRESH: SUGAR SPORT STICK SPF 30
If you're a fan of the Sugar lip treatments from Fresh, then you'll love this. The stick has the same signature scent - so delicious you'll be excited to reapply throughout the day. The texture can feel a bit sticky at time though, so I recommend reserving it for beach or poolside use. It's wonderful for applying around the eyes, for routine touch ups on the nose, and for ears, lips and your hairline and scalp, which are often neglected.